240 pages, 68 line illus, tabs
A survey of methods and approaches to surveying invertebrate animals in terrestrial, freshwater and marine environments, and of the problems of interpreting samples and information obtained. This book introduces the practical and theoretical problems of invertebrate surveys to people who may need to consider invertebrates in conservation assessment at many different levels.
"A comprehensive guide to the ecological methods used to survey invertebrate animals in terrestrial, freshwater, and marine environments. It describes how to select taxonomic groups for study, how to collect and analyse samples, and how to set priorities for protection."--Entomological News
"The book is predominantly focused on surveys for conservation purposes. Hence it is important to frame the right questions at the start. What is the survey actually for and how much detail do you actually need? Such topics are dealt with in the preliminary chapters. The two most extensive chapters deal with the invertebrates of terrestrial environments (predominantly insects) and of aquatic environments (with both freshwater and marine invertebrates being considered). There is a variety of peripheral chapters on topics like taxonomy (only ten pages), monitoring, involving people, and alternative approaches to species-oriented conservation. All together this is a useful book. It is not to be
Preface; Acknowledgements; 1. Introduction. Invertebrates in conservation; 2. Approaches to invertebrate surveys: posing the questions; 3. Sampling invertebrates: terrestrial environments; 4. Sampling invertebrates: aquatic environments; 5. Assessing use of sampling methods; 6. Processing and interpreting invertebrate samples; 7. Taxonomy and target groups for conservation studies; 8. Monitoring and evaluation of status; 9. Alternatives to species conservation; 10. Involving people in invertebrate conservation; References; Index
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